Dick Van Patten, Father on ‘Eight Is Enough,’ Dies at 86

June 23, 2015 7:10 PM

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Dick Van Patten, Father on ‘Eight Is Enough,’ Dies at 86

Dick Van Patten, the cheerful, round-faced actor best known for his role as the firm if harried suburban father at the center of the hit television series “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86.

The cause was complications of diabetes, said a spokesman, Jeffrey Ballard.

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